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Company Profile

Buon Fresco & The Academy of Wall Artistry

Buon Fresco & The Academy of Wall Artistry

6442 Overlook Drive
Alexandria, VA 22312
Phone: 703-914-5606
Toll Free: 888-637-3726
Fax: 703-914-5605



Located just outside the nation’s Capitol, The Academy of Wall Artistry™ (AWA) is the instructional arm of Award Winning - Buon Fresco® - Wall Artistry. Recognized as among the best in the world of decorative art studios, Buon Fresco’s work has appeared in over 25 magazines, newspapers, television specials and in the movies! The Academy’s classes feature many of the innovative techniques and artistic principals that have won Buon Fresco so much press; meaning you’ll benefit from a proven curriculum in the decorative arts. Also in your best interests - our surface finishing curriculum is technique driven. The techniques you will learn are not driven by or limited to a product line. Though we will show you our proven favorite materials, in most cases you will be able to take the techniques you’ll learn and apply them with the choice of paints and plasters you prefer.

Academy instructors are artists first - then experienced surface decorators by trade. In addition to gaining technical skills you’ll benefit from our communications of an artistic sense of design as well as our company principals of: ‘Understated Elegance’ and ‘Color is Everything!’

The Academy graduates we’ve been turning out since 1997 are confident and skilled finishers of surfaces and spaces. Our grads can compete. They also speak for us. Please read the praise and thanks we have received from our graduates over the years - on our web site’s instruction pages.

The Academy teaches a limited number of basic ‘Intensive’ courses as well as advanced proprietary courses not found anywhere else.

Our Venetian Plaster course features our ‘Blade Mark Free – Mirror Polish technique - that is accomplished with NO sanding at any time, a huge time and mess saver resulting in, as one architect put it, ‘The best Venetian Plaster I have ever seen anywhere.’

In the Color Intensive Course, which precedes most of our decorative courses you will learn much more than mixing exact colors in paint and plaster. We teach color selection, judgment and combining as well. You’ll work with fabrics, wallpapers, paint and colors in learning to design a space.

Our Painting Courses include the 4 painted finishes, useful on walls and furniture, that have gained Buon Fresco the most press coverage of all of our work.

Our Gold & Metal Leafing course covers the 4 main aspects of interior decorating with gold, along with how to sell the Gold.

Our Trilogy of courses teaches all of these things along with the how, when where and why of combining all the different surface elements in a given design setting.

Upcoming Trilogy of Intensive Course:

April 17-23 & June 5-11:
April dates are broken up as such:
Decorative Painting Classics: April 17th & 18th,
Gold & Metal Leafing for Décor: April 19th & 20th,
Color Intensive [Optional part of Trilogy]: Friday April 21st,
Buon Fresco ‘s Venetian Plaster Intensive: April 22nd, & 23rd

Course material is designed for the beginning practitioner as well as advanced, though for inexperienced artists Buon Fresco offers a regular no-cost program of on the job training that is available to graduates of the Academy. Please see our web site for more details. If you would like a brochure Email us at and please provide complete postal information. To register or for more information about individual classes please phone the studio at: 703.914.5606. Note: Due to limited class size, The Academy cannot accept emailed registrations.

Please go to the Buon Fresco web site for class dates, tuition and policy information.
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